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mother's day

Most moms will wake up today with a special day in store — breakfast in bed, maybe a homemade card, or a present that was thoughtfully chosen. For a special needs’ mom, the day is wonderful still, of course, but special needs children don’t always understand the sentiment, and the occasion can pass by ignored or misunderstood. And so Mother’s Day is just another day of challenges from the word ‘go.’

And that’s OK, because those moms are exceptional enough to know that every day is special. Their gifts come in different packages, day in and day out. They do whatever it takes to help their children succeed, and when they do, that’s a gift.

Motherhood is challenging for every mom, but being there of a special needs’ kid changes the game entirely. The stress levels a normal mom experiences when their child needs stitches, for example, is how a special needs’ mom may feel all the time! So let’s think about those moms on this day, too and give them some extra love.

mothers day

Do you know a special needs mom? Take a moment out of this Mother’s Day weekend to do something sweet for her. Bring a meal, take her to a movie, or give her a day-spa voucher. We communicate with these amazing moms every day, and we’re continuously inspired by their constant dedication. They welcome each new morning and every new battle. So Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there, but an extra-enthusiastic high-five and Happy Mother’s Day to mothers of kids with special needs!

If a mom you know is struggling to help her child with special needs this Mother’s Day, Special Needs Essentials can help. Our products are educational and therapeutic, with living aids, play to learn, and sensory products that improve motor function and cognitive development, plus we provide daily living assistance.

You can find our top moms’ product picks here, including a weighted turtle blanket, chewable jewelry, an Ergo stylus, and textured building blocks. Let us know how we can help you and your challenges today.

Handwriting… All kids can find this difficult to master but special needs kids have a greater chance to experience the tears of frustration at school or at home while trying to get their homework done. The reason for this varies: either the body is not well positioned, the child lacks attention or coordination, there is a medical condition, you name it. Thankfully, there are exciting ways to promote handwriting skills that will work with almost every child!

5 tips handwriting

1. Grasp, grasp, grasp

Handwriting starts with good positioning of the whole body and fingers on the writing tool. It may be too abstract for your child to follow your directions as you explain or show them, so think of those pencil grips or claws to physically guide their hand. Heavy pens are another affordable and efficient way to improve their grasp by building hand muscles strength.

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2. Lower the pressure

32090_3Handwriting problems often come from a too strong pressure applied by the child to the pen. Use stress balls at any time to encourage your child to relax their hand muscles and promote fine motor skills.

3. Feel the vibes

__017877_A_previewThe Squiggle Wiggle is a very original pen that vibrates, creating colored squiggles as an interesting alternative to drawing. It encourages fine motor control and helps your child appreciate writing while staying creative.

4. Have fun!

Think of fun activities that involve writing or drawing such as: drawing around your hand, making an herbarium (simply run a color pencil on a paper to transfer leaves’ relief), or playing Pictionary with the whole family! They should improve your child’s handwriting skills without tears.

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5. Play (yes, play!)

TPG-654 OpenLet kids play their favorite game on a phone or tablet with an adapted stylus. They look just like a pen and will train them as if it were the real thing… except they are playing!

If those simple tips are still not effective enough, don’t hesitate to ask the help of an Occupational Therapist who will have a better understanding of your child’s abilities.

Did you find new tips to try with your child in this article? If you have more tips, please share with other readers!

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